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How could a paramedic deal with a compound shin fracture?

How could a paramedic deal with a compound shin fracture?

Stabilization: If the skin is intact, the pre-hospital treatment for any extremity fracture is stabilization. Ambulances typically carry either padded-board splints and/or vacuum splints; which can be used to prevent the leg from moving and causing further injury. If the skin is broken, the leg is immobilized in a similar fashion with care given to control bleeding. Pain medication may also be given as needed. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Griggs
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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How can you deal with a broken bone without getting a cast?

How can you deal with a broken bone without getting a cast?

Fractures: Depends on where the fracture is. Let us know what specifically you have fractured and we can be of much more assistance. Some fractures need surgery, others need a splint then cast, some need a cast and some need nothing at all. ...Read more

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How would you treat a spiral finger fracture? I read this phrase as part of another q/a -- "a leash or rope injury with torque or rotatory force on a finger will cause a spiral fracture of a metacarpal. A fracture of a phalanx." this is exactly what happ

How would you treat a spiral finger fracture? I read this phrase as part of another q/a -- "a leash or rope injury with torque or rotatory force on a finger will cause a spiral fracture of a metacarpal. A fracture of a phalanx."  this is exactly what happ

If : If this has just happened (like in the last week) you should see a hand surgeon. If your finger already twists when you bend it, it will heal in this position unless reduced. Spiral fractures can often be treated with wires (temporary) after reduction or sometimes with plates and/or screws. See a hand surgeon. ...Read more

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How will I be out of sports with a sprained ankle (either a grade 2 or 3 sprain) and a fractured fibula with two subtle breaks?

How will I be out of sports with a sprained ankle (either a grade 2 or 3 sprain) and a fractured fibula with two subtle breaks?

It takes about: 6-8 weeks for bone to heal. Assuming it did heal in that time, I would recommend another few weeks before getting back int anything competitive. But, this all depends on your xrays and clinical findings. At the end of the day, its whst your treating doc decides. ...Read more

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What can help a person with a broken leg walk?

What can help a person with a broken leg walk?

Physical therapy: After the leg has healed adequately, physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles and reteach how to walk again. ...Read more

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Can a person with a tibial or a fibula stress fracture (shin splints) still walk or is almost impossible?

Can a person with a tibial or a fibula stress fracture (shin splints) still walk or is almost impossible?

Depends: This would depend on the amount of pain and the severity of the shin splints. Some people with shin splints can still run, while others will really struggle to even walk. I would recommend that you see an orthopedist for evaluation/treatment if your symptoms are really severe. ...Read more

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How large of a cast should I receive with a broken wrist?

How large of a cast should I receive with a broken wrist?

Depends: It depends, minor breaks are ok with a short cast, more significant breaks need a cast up past the elbow, depends a lot on pain level with any movement and if any bones were displaced. ...Read more

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How can a dr tell when a minor growth plate injury to the wrist is healed?

Examination and Xray: On the examination the lack of tenderness over the fracture and evidence of healing on the xray is used to determine fracture healing. ...Read more

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Why is a stress fracture a big deal to foot ortho doc?

Why is a stress fracture a big deal to foot ortho doc?

Stress fracture: If not treated properly with rest, immobilization and protected weight bearing; the stress fracture can convert to a complete fracture. Worst case it can displace or not heal properly requiring surgery. ...Read more

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How do you tell the diffeurence between a femur fracture and a bruise?

How do you tell the diffeurence between a femur fracture and a bruise?

fracture vs bruise: You need an evaluation by a doctor and likely an xray. Usually you cannot walk on a broken femur, while you can on a bruise. ...Read more

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How to distinguish a stress fracture vs having shin splints?

How to distinguish a stress fracture vs having shin splints?

Area covered: Shin splints typically (but not always) hurt over a wide area, while a stress fracture is more point tenderness. Imaging studies may be indicated to determine if you have a stress fracture. ...Read more

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How do I transport a patient with a broken hip on a plane?

How do I transport a patient with a broken hip on a plane?

Carefully: If the break is stable or has been surgically fixed , just having wheel chair assistance should be adequate. If not you might need air ambulance for transport. ...Read more

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A lot of medical websites say that a "boot or short walking cast" can be used to help heal an ankle impingement. Is this true? If it is how long?

A lot of medical websites say that a "boot or short walking cast" can be used to help heal an ankle impingement. Is this true? If it is how long?

Not quite: A boot or walking cast can only align and immobilize the ankle/foot. An ankle impingement is a deformity of the joint impinging nerves, vessels, or soft tissue and will require surgical correction fix or orthotics to change the position of ankle and foot joint. ...Read more

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I have a metacarpal fracture. What kind of therapy will be good?

I have a metacarpal fracture. What kind of therapy will be good?

Hand evaluation: Metacarpal fractures are best treated by a surgeon specializing in hand and upper extremity surgeon. A hand therapy program can be prescribed by your treating physician to minimize stiffness and shorten recovery time. ...Read more

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What to do with a sprained ankle from a sport?

What to do with a sprained ankle from a sport?

Get evaluated: I would recommend seeing a doctor. You should have an xray to make sure it's only a sprain and not worse. If it's truly a sprain, your doctor may immobilize you in an ankle brace, offload with crutches, and recommend simple things like rice therapy; rest, ice, compression wraps and elevation. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more